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Smart Start of Pender County

Quarterly Newsletter

January/February/March 2024


"If you can't fly then run, If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Agency Closings

February 2024

The agency will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024, in observance of President's Day.

"Think about every problem, every challenge, we face. The solution to each starts with education."

George H. W. Bush, 41st President

March 2024


The agency will be closed on Friday, March 29, 2024, in observance of Good Friday and Monday, March 31, 2024, in observance of the Easter holiday.

Agency Hours

Agency Topics 

Staffing Update

Smart Start of Pender County Newest Team Member

Porchia Wilson

Hello families and providers. My name is Porchia Wilson and I am proud to be serving as your Quality Specialist here at SSPC. I’m originally from Clayton NC. I moved to Pender County to pursue a career in early education. I enjoyed my time working with young children, but after several years in the field I moved on to teach middle and elementary school. I’m now very happy to be back to my early childhood roots, and I look forward to serving the providers in our community

Social Media Site

Continue to keep up-to-date with all our activities and events on our facebook page and website - .Click Here

Agency Events

Child Care Resource &

Referral of Pender County


 Our Resource Library specializes in making learning fun! We offer countless resources such as developmentally appropriate educational toys and manipulatives, theme boxes, puzzles, teacher resource books,  parenting books, music and MORE. Our  resources cover all subject areas with an  emphasis on the “play to learn” philosophy. Members with a full membership can check out up to TWO items at a time for an entire month. In addition, we also have a workroom for all your classroom or craft needs and a variety of programs aimed to benefit the children of Pender County!


Ask us about our FREE memberships for families with preschool children ages 0 to 5.

Membership Includes:

  • ·Hot laminator
  •  Die cut machine
  •  Cricut die cut machine
  •  Photocopying machine
  •  Construction paper, art tools and supplies
  •  Classroom enhancing information and materials
  •  Books for educators, parents and children
  • ·Fax machine for limited use
  •  Spiral bound book maker
  •  Projector
  • And MORE 

Some Resource Library Materials

Early Child Development

Sight Word Soup- Level 1 #491

With this item, children will build word recognition as they scoop fun-filled portions of sight words. To play, children will scoop up sight-word “noodles,” then sort them into the matching bowls on their activity mats. Level 1 Sight-Word Soup covers 25 sight-words. This game helps build reading fluency as well as helping children recognize and read high fluency words. 


All Around Town #427

While playing this game, children will build early learning skills such as logic, counting number recognition language development and thinking skills. “As they navigate through this fun filled town, players move from one store to the next, collecting items such as clothing, books and art supplies. They sort the items onto storefronts on their game mats…and race to become the first player to collect an item from every store!"

Ready, Set, Go! Item #1689

Ready, Set, Go! is the perfect go to guide for your child’s transition to kindergarten. This set includes four DVD’s that provide support at every stage of transition. Topics presented on the DVD’s include Ideas to Grow On, All Set for School, Making the Move to Kindergarten and Your electronic toolkit. This is a great resource for teachers, parents and caregivers to young children birth to 5 years old. 

Bully Safe Item #2008

Bully Safe is an educational card game that teaches a systems approach to reducing bullying behavior. All children have been involved in bullying incidents, whether as a target, a bully, or a bystander. While playing this game, children will learn concrete, nonviolent skills and behaviors to reduce bullying.


Early Childhood Development

Community Partner Events

Pender County Schools

March 2024

Social Worker Appreciation Month

The Smart Start Board of Pender County and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank all our community partner social workers for their compassion, dedication and hard work in providing services to our Pender County families. Your assistance through various resources allows our families to rebuild and/or maintain a successful quality of life.

For more information on early

literacy activities at the Pender County Library Click Here

Pender County Parks and Recreation

Valentine Scavenger Hunt

To register for this event, click HERE!

St Patrick's Day Story & Craft

To register for this event, click HERE!

Donation Page

Join to raise funds for Smart Start of Pender County. Goodsearch donates money to your favorite cause when you search the internet, shop online or dine out at local restaurants!  Use to search the internet and they donate a penny per search to your cause. Use when you shop on line and they donate a percentage of every purchase and offer over 100,000 coupons to help you save money too! Sign up for their good dining program and they will donate a percentage of your restaurant bill when you eat at any one of thousands of participating restaurants. It's really easy; it's free and turns simple everyday actions into a way to make the world a better place. Please sign up today to support Smart Start of Pender County. 

Birthday Fundraiser for Smart Start of Pender County

Join in supporting a good cause for your birthday this year. Please consider Smart Start of Pender County as your facebook nonprofit fundraising project. Your contribution will make an impact. Every little bit helps and is appreciated. Meta will donate $5.00 too after the first donation.

The mission of Smart Start of Pender County, Inc. is to support services that help every child to grow into his or her potential as a person. Facebook takes care of the donation processing with no fees. 




Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at


The license is not an endorsement by the State.

About Us

Board of Directors

Leslie Green- Board Chair

Donald Hall - Vice Chair

Sharon Willoughby - Treasurer

Allen Phillips-Bell– Secretary

James "Jimbo" Robbins

Angela Beacham

Stacie Poulin

Rev. Dean Walker

William Marshburn

Edith Meza

Sandra Sarmiento

Avery Ellington

Tandra Shepard Henderson


If you are interested in serving on the Smart Start of Pender County Board of Directors, or volunteering with our agency, please contact our office at (910) 259-9978 or stop by and visit with us. 



Connie Carr-Costin, MSW

Executive Director

 Ext: 31


Angel Parker

Program Manager  

 Ext: 24

Porchia Wilson

Quality Specialist

Ext 36

Regina Bass-Corley, M.A.Ed


Ext: 26


Lisa Worley

Program Evaluator/ Coordinator


The staff of Smart Start of Pender County would like to

thank our board members, child care providers and our local

community for investing in early care and education.

Special thank you to Lauretta Murray and Angela Ortiz.

Please like us on Facebook and connect with our website at

The mission of Smart Start of Pender County, Inc. is to support services that provide opportunities for every child to grow into his or her potential as a person.